Heading to Substack

It’s peak travel season, and I’ve packed up the blog and am heading to Substack.  Maybe just for the summer.  Maybe longer.  Like any good adventure, I’m setting off not knowing exactly what I’m doing. Substack is new to me.  But I like the concept.  It’s all free and it’s simple.  Any readers interested in […]

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Christmas on Interstate 80

For readers in western Pennsylvania, John Bensink’s holiday novella should be especially heartwarming. Bonnie Kate Keller—divorced late in life, and still in shock from it—just can’t face Christmas alone in her home this year. When she fails to persuade…then pester…then guilt-trip her adult children to bring the grandchildren home for the holiday, she impulsively hits

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Ebooks for Free or Cheap

[UPDATED December 9, 2023] Libby is a great and easy way to read ebooks for free.  The app syncs with your local library, which provides access to a massive inventory of ebooks, including current bestsellers. Libby is free to download (for Android, IOS) and works on all major devices.  You will need a library card

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Florida: Forget the Weather, It’s the News

Forget overstated (if not borderline fraudulent) tourism-bureau promises of sunny days, warm temperatures, and other tropical delights that lure vacationers, snowbirds, and down-on-their luck types certain that relocating to Florida will turn around their life.  The state that boasts the southern-most point in the continental U.S. shouldn’t market itself on its climate and theme parks,

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A Father Sees The Future

In 1977, a father who could glimpse the future told this to his son while fishing off a dock in Ocean City, Maryland: “There will come a day in your lifetime, maybe not when you’re my age, maybe when you’re Pop’s age, that you will feel almost overwhelmed by the accumulation of all that will

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Closed For Your Convenience

Five Minute Fiction by Preston Pairo It starts out well enough.  The bank teller asks me: “Good morning.  Welcome to Bancs of the Americas, how may I assist you?” “Hi.”  I slide my deposit slip and endorsed check through the flounder-thin opening in the inches-thick (presumably bulletproof) window that separates us.  “I just have a

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Can Chris Clare Save Baseball?

August 19, 2018 About the time I started losing interest in baseball, Chris Clare, a minor league player in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system, was assigned to the Frederick Keys from the Delmarva Shorebirds. Clare’s “promotion” in July 2017 likely wasn’t more than a transactional footnote to many beyond his family. A six-two, 175-pound shortstop,

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